Royale Union SG - Charleroi
Jupiler Pro League
Union Saint-Gilloise provided one of the stories of European football last term as they came agonisingly close to winning the Belgian top flight after a 48-year absence from the country’s top table, only for a run of one win in their final five games to see Club Brugge finish top. While another bid for silverware is not expected this term, the hosts will hope to kick-start their new campaign on Friday.
Indeed, Union SG regrouped from a disappointing end to 2021-22 to go unbeaten throughout pre-season, recording a crushing 4-0 win of Europa Conference League finalists Feyenoord before opening their league campaign with a draw at Sint-Truiden. Having won 10 of their 17 regular-season home games last term, Union will hope for a similar record under new boss Karel Geraerts.
Charleroi, meanwhile, ended last season in sixth position before starting the new campaign with a 3-1 win over likely strugglers Eupen. Charleroi are out for revenge after losing 4-0 and 3-0 to the hosts last term, but a record of just one win in their last five road trips, three of which were defeats, must improve.
*Odds are correct at the time of publishing and subject of change.
Match start: 29.07. 20:45h